Defendant; prohibiting inquiry into immigration status, notification of consequences. (HB972)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Rozia Henson (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prohibiting inquiry into the immigration status of defendant; notification of consequences. Requires that at the initial court hearing for any misdemeanor or felony, the court shall advise the defendant of the following: The outcome of criminal proceedings may have federal immigration and naturalization consequences. The bill also provides that no court or party shall inquire as to the immigration status of the defendant during any proceeding unless otherwise admissible. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104916D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/2024Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/29/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/02/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Committee substitute printed 24106581D-H1
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Read second time
02/07/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106581D-H1
02/07/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB972H1
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House (51-Y 47-N)
02/08/2024VOTE: Passage (51-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/28/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (9-Y 2-N 4-A) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Reading of amendments waived
03/05/2024Committee amendments agreed to
03/05/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/05/2024Passed Senate with amendments (21-Y 19-N)
03/06/2024Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 99-N)
03/06/2024VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N)
03/07/2024Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/2024Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2024House acceded to request
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2024Delegates: Lopez, Hernandez, Ballard
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2024Senators: Perry, Surovell, McDougle
03/09/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/09/2024Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 47-N)
03/09/2024VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 47-N)
03/09/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB972ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/27/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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